Easy Ways to Teach Kids about Emotions in Daily Life

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August 1, 2018

Anthropologists say that Inuits, whose world is full of snow, have at least 50 words for variations of snow. Inuit children learn those words and attach them accurately to the many varieties of snow simply by hearing them used in context. Similarly, when parents talk about a wide range of emotions, kids learn to understand…

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Turning It Off: Kids and Media

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July 9, 2018

Have you ever noticed what happens when you turn off your cell phone for a day or two? Maybe that question sounds silly because you’ve never tried it, but if you have, you might know what I’m talking about. For me, it’s one of my favorite parts about going camping in the summer with the…

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A Belief in Recovery: Psychosocial Rehabilitation

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April 23, 2018

North Range believes that all individuals have the capacity for learning and growth. We promote personal recovery, integration into one’s community of choice, and a meaningful, satisfactory quality of life for individuals with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder. Our practice is based on an evidence-based program called Psychosocial Rehabilitation and is informed by…

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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): It Works!

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April 12, 2018

An Interview with Vicki, a MAT therapist at North Range Why does Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) work so well? In general, MAT works because it employs the use of a prescribed medication such as Suboxone®, Naltrexone/Vivitrol®, and/or Campral® in combination with group and individual therapy to help people stay away from substances long enough to begin…

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Changing the Story: Men and Suicide

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April 2, 2018

I’m a commuter. Twenty-five miles and approximately an hour (two or three when it snows) one way every day for 15 years. I’ve never counted, but I make my way through at least 30 traffic lights on one of the busiest roads in Colorado. It’s cool—I’m used to it and it gives me time to…

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People First: Treating People with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Illness

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February 22, 2018

“People with special needs need really special services.” This line, from a training I took at the beginning of my career about stereotypes regarding behavioral health and people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), was haunting me. I had been out of graduate school for only a few months and gotten a position at North Range Behavioral…

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6 Ways to Show Your Employees You Care About Their Mental Health

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November 3, 2017

Bosses, it starts with you. All bosses (hopefully) want what’s best for their employees. Whether you have one intern or manage a large team, you probably do what you can to make sure they feel safe, happy, and fulfilled at work. That’s great, because most people spend the majority of their waking moments at work,…

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Children Matter: the Importance of Early Mental Health

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October 4, 2017

A child’s brain undergoes massive change and growth, especially from birth to age three—in fact, millions of neural connections are being produced each second in a baby’s brain. Affection, playing games, reading, and the simple act of feeding a child establishes connections that build stronger, healthier brains. The simple act of holding a baby supports…

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13 Reasons Why

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May 23, 2017

“13 Reasons Why:” Have That Healthy Conversation Now “13 Reasons Why” is a Netflix series about a high school student who leaves behind tapes that reveal the thirteen reasons—including sexual assault, underage drinking, and bullying—that lead her to take her life. Without a doubt, it is a very frank and disturbing story, and many professionals…

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Teens and Healthy Relationships

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February 2, 2017

Everyone deserves a healthy and safe relationship. These days, adults and adolescents alike see mixed messages of what a healthy relationship really looks like. However, the conversation we should be having with our friends and family is about what qualities encourage and enhance a healthy relationship with a partner. A healthy relationship requires us to…

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